Hi. I am here looking for answers for the strangest thing. I have searched the web quite a bit but most of what I find seems to be years old, so maybe posting now will provide newer information for me to see if I'm able to rest easy again. Lately, when I try to go to sleep, I think I'm about to die. This had been happening for two weeks now, perhaps for four nights out of the week. The thoughts are stemming from a physical sensation that I feel in my chest and head. It's uncanny to me. It really feels like I died for a second. It happens as soon as I am about to enter real sleep, then boom. A hard jolt. I'm not taking about the normal jolt you get sometimes like you feel like you're falling and your body jolts as if to catch your balance. Instead, the jolt feels like my chest sank, my heart stopped beating and my lungs stopped breathing, and at the same time, a surge of electric energy shoots through my brain. Like a circuit breaker switch, or jump starting a car. It feels very electrical and it's SCARY. Also, it's like all sound just stopped, just suddenly faded out. it lasts barely a second and of course I'm wide awake again, heart pounding, big inhalation. Sometimes I have to sit up and shake off the numb feeling in my brain... Literally shaking my head to feel normal again, like a boxer shaking off a punch. This usually occurs when lying on my back, so I'll lie on my side to see if that helps and instead, I either typically can't fall asleep at all that way, or something even worse happens. I'll get this pressure feeling that starts from my chest and radiates to one arm, or both, like a wave, and I panic. It makes me think my heart is bad (but the doc see nothing wrong). Sometimes, one other thing happens that is scarier than all of this when I lie in my side or stomach. My head starts hurting, but in brief spurts, similar to what happens when I'm falling asleep, but this time even if I'm not on the brink of sleep yet. Then, when I am there, the weird zapping feeling occurs, but it's actually painful this time, lasts longer, and I feel the electric surge more specifically... Not just a generalized spark, but a current that starts at one point in my head and travels to another point. Instead of a loss of sound this time, I can hear a zapping, electrical current noise. It's intense and I immediately think stroke. It's so intense that it feels like my head twitches and the adrenaline spike pulls me to my knees in bed or even out of bed completely, so quickly that I'm surprised with how nimbly and easily I was able to move. Like there is a fish hook in my brain and the fisherman just yanks the line too hard and up I go. I sit, or stand there, petrified, and notice my head twitching for a second like a seizure before I'm back to normal, but scared senseless. So .. despite how tired I already am, I'll just stay up until I actually pass out on the couch. Typically, if it happens once, it happens all night at each attempt I make to try and sleep, so getting up and staying up untill I unintentionally fall asleep is the only option. Or alcohol. That helps, but I hate drinking before bed due to the heartburn. I'll take some ibuprofen simply for the placebo affect of taking something... ANYTHING... and that can sometimes make me go to sleep better (even before it has time to actually kick in). The only current changes in my life are that I replaced cigarettes with vaping for almost a month now, and I greatly cut back on diet soda and drink more water. I've been more stressed at work than usual, but I've been stressed before and this is all new. I've had general and social anxiety for my entire life but have had a recent increased in panic attacks due to a recent bout of GERD (before it's confirmed as gerd, I am thinking heart attacks which triggers the instant panic attacks). This though, had already subsided before all this brain zapping stuff. I was taking generic Prilosec. It did start happening after one week of the medicine, but I've taken this same medicine for the same length of time (14days) before without these new issues. I did try a self experiment one night and was able to really focus on my breathing as I tried to sleep.... In... Out... Nice and steady....and on cue, the brain drop feeling occurred as I drifted to sleep. I immediately awoke in alarm like usual. I was able to notice that my breathing pattern was the same as before it occurred, it at least it seemed so. Perhaps the feeling of no air is a response to the panic and is not actually occurring. Whatever is happening, the uncertainty and the potential danger is troubling none the less. It's also annoying. I have been sleep deprived due to it. I can't ever sleep in because my lower back starts hurting bad in the morning, and the only thing I can do stop it is to actually get up and move around. My own internal alarm clock, but instead of sound... Pain. I'm tired. I mention that because... Could it be other issues related to my back pain even if the pain isn't there until mornings? Has anyone who has experienced these issues when trying to sleep every found out the exact cause? I've heard stress, anxiety, pinched nerves, brain disease, heart failure, sleep apnea, out of body experiences or astral projection, Lyme disease, or even being too tired to sleep if you can believe it.